I am a star !!!!
Or at least I was a star for 2 minutes last week at the
12th annual Children's Book Council of Australia's event,
A Night With Our Stars!
West Australian authors and illustrators that had a book released in the past year were invited by the CBCA to give a 2 minute talk about their book to an audience of librarians, teachers and other interested booky people.
It's a long way for me to travel from Singapore to Perth for 2 minutes of stardom but I had a things I needed to do in Perth (e.g. a family barbeque a catch-up with friends and some shopping) so I took the opportunity to combine business with pleasure and went along!
It was particularly enjoyable because Michael Scott Parkinson, the illustrator of Darcy Moon and the Deep-fried Frogs, and I were able to do our first ever double-act together.
I talked for two minutes (which went rediculously fast) about Darcy Moon while Michael illustrated my words in 'real' time. I didn't get a photo of what he drew because I was too busy talking, but he had the crowd in hysterics and made me sound even more hilarious than I usually am, so thanks Michael.
I then illustrated (after receiving a few online lessons from Michael) his newest character creation 'Norbert' while Michael spoke about his new book coming out in August 2015.
|My impression of Michael Scott-Parkinson's 'Norbert'|
The event was sponsored by Fremantle Press and Westbooks and was a fantastic celebration of wonderful children's books that were born in WA this year.